Joss Whedon Vaguely Recalls THE AVENGERS Early Drafts Including The Wasp

Joss Whedon Vaguely Recalls THE AVENGERS Early Drafts Including The Wasp

While Marvel's The Avengers director Joss Whedon has previously said he wanted to include Janet van Dyne aka The Wasp on the live-action roster, he now says early scripts did in fact include her.

Five days remain until the United States release of Marvel's The Avengers assembly and, based on critics reviews and record-breaking box office results overseas, the superhero spectacle lives up to its five-year anticipation. It was during the third year, 2010, that Joss Whedon came on board as writer and director. And briefly looking back at that period with NY Daily News, he informed them of an original Avenger from the comics that was included in early drafts, but evidently didn't make the cut: Janet van Dyne aka The Wasp.

Whedon will be the first to admit it almost didn’t work. There was a version of the script, back when Johansson wasn’t involved, that featured a female superhero named the Wasp. Whedon had to scrap that script, and was making changes to his final version even as the effects people were starting work on the 40-minute battle that closes the movie. “Trying to figure out the way you want to introduce all those characters, that was stuff we were still tweaking in the edit,” says Whedon.

You may recall last year a doubtful report quoting Joss Whedon on his initial "plan" to include Janet van Dyne, stating “I tried to write her in, but I could not make it work.” And with what he told NY, this seems to verify it.

Marvel Studios have yet to name the undisclosed 2014 film with Captain America 2, so the possibility remains for The Wasp to be introduced to the cinematic universe, along with Ant-Man in the Edgar Wright-written/directed solo movie, before The Avengers assemble again. Because The Wasp was initially included, do you think that adds validity to the countless reports that actresses Eva Longoria & Morena Baccarin were being considered?

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Filed Under "Avengers" 4/30/2012 Source: NY Daily News
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